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for Friend O’ Wildlife Vol. 28 Issue 4, Apr 1981
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The National Wildlife Federation’s annual Environmental Quality Index study indicated that wildlife lost ground in 1980. Habitat loss is cited as the main factor for the decline. Water, living space and soil also showed a decline, whereas minerals, air and forests remained almost unchanged.
George Deems, retired Richmond businessman and president of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, charged the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with using obsolete figures to justify its planned Oregon Inlet jetties program. He claims that the justification was written before recent regulations were imposed.
Little is known about the ecology of waterfowl populations during the post-breeding period in the winter. To address this gap, biologists at North Carolina State University are studying waterfowl in Dare County. They will determine some of the factors important for survival and the role of the winter period in the life cycle of waterfowl.
Short-stopping is a term used by biologists to describe changes in land-use practices which have altered the movements of Canada geese. Changes in farming practices and hunting seasons have combined to reduce drastically the number of Canada geese wintering in North Carolina.
The proposed Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is awaiting approval from Congress. The proposal hopes to prevent beach-front development and to protect natural areas in Currituck Sound.